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Demolition of Newark Livestock Market approved, paving way for UK's first International Air and Space Training Institute (IASTI)

Planning permission to demolish Newark’s now-defunct livestock market has been granted.

The single-storey steel framed market buildings, single-storey office buildings, livestock pens and fences that make up the 1.05-hectare site on Great North Road can now all go.

The application was nodded through unanimously at a meeting of the planning committee of Newark and Sherwood District Council. The district council was the applicant.

Newark Livestock Market. (47846109)
Newark Livestock Market. (47846109)

The demolition of Andreas, a two-storey detached building, and its associated outbuildings next to the livestock market was also approved separately by unanimous vote.

Although the application related to demolition only, it paves the way for ambitious plans to redevelop the first phase of the Newark Gateway site ­— comprising Newark Lorry Park and the adjacent former livestock market.

The gateway is set to be home to Newark’s International Air and Space Training Institute (IASTI).

An artist's impression of the IASTI.
An artist's impression of the IASTI.

A timetable disclosed last month revealed demolition work will take place from June, with a planning application for the IASTI facility expected in late summer.

Newark and Sherwood District Council is working with a third party provider looking to set up a new livestock market for Newark, with a preferred site of the Newark Showground having been identified.

Council leader David Lloyd said in May: “The redevelopment of the Newark Gateway is a hugely ambitious and highly significant project for the town.

“Demolishing the former livestock market site will make way for an education facility that will be the first of its kind, with military and civil aviation partners working collectively to get people working in the aviation industry.

“A thriving livestock market is a hugely important focal point for not only the farming community in our district and the work to deliver the IASTI does not mean that we will not continue to support a new livestock market for the town.”

The IASTI project is one of the projects progressing following the successful bid for £25m from the government’s Towns Fund.

Lincoln College Group and Aviation 360 aim to deliver education and training for highly-skilled pilots, astronauts, engineers and ground crew to plug the skills gap in the aviation sector.

The first 100 students start at Newark College’s site in September.

The IASTI itself is expected to open for students in 2023.

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